A Layton man charged with rape of a child pleaded guilty Tuesday in 2nd District Court to a lesser charge of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child and will be sentenced May 10.
George W. Spader, 36, of 1851 N. 440 West, pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl Dec. 8. The girl had been placed in his home as a foster child and potentially for adoption.He was charged with rape of a child, a first-degree felony that carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 5, 10, or 15 years in prison. Spader pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child in a plea negotiation with the Davis County attorney's office.
The charge is still a first-degree felony, which carries a prison term of five years to life and fine of up to $10,000 but does not have a minimum mandatory sentence.
Defense attorney Barbara Wyly asked for a sentencing hearing, saying she wants to present witnesses, including a psychologist who is treating Spader. Judge Douglas L Cornaby agreed but insisted that testimony from witnesses to be called also be submitted before the hearing for a pre-sentence report by Adult Probation and Parole.